Saturday, May 31, 2008

From the Idiot ... on the Idiot Box

I am not that great a fan of TV at the moment. The majority is such shallow pap it is sad really. That said a few highlights... a) The Mary Whitehouse docudrama 'Filth' - see Central Hall, Westminster feature as Birmingham town hall and rather a fruity grope moment happen on the main stage! b)Chanel 4 news - now avaliable in (almost) full online continues to go from strength to strenght. c) Somehow Peep show manages to be stupidly funny (possibly even both!) and somehow almost becoming unmissable... Take Care Y'All John

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Son of a Preacher Man

Gordon Brown has taken quite a battering of late. Yet I am always impressed by the man. I took the time, this morning, to read his speech to the Church of Scotland Assembly. It is a passionate invocation of the need for a church to be outward looking, to forge and create links throughout the world and (ultimately) create a vision of justice and peace for all. One bit that caught my attention was the following:
Let us go back for a moment to the world of those pioneers of globalisation, the early Church of Scotland missionaries. Once we relied on just a lone missionary finding common ground with a few local people in an isolated community. Today modern means of communication like the internet enable millions of us to link up, debate and organise across frontiers - summoning the moral sense of communities to shape the way we run our world. Until a few years ago we would say to each other - 'if only people could speak to each other, could communicate across borders and boundaries, if only we could connect people would discover how much they had in common'. Now we are in a new world divided - yes - by vast distances of space but united by instant ties of cyberspace. A world without walls, borders, barriers and frontiers where we are neighbours not because we are on the same street but because we are on the same networks; meeting on Facebook if not face to face; sharing in the online world - the one continent that everyone can inhabit. So contrary to received wisdom, the greatest arsenal of power today is not nuclear or biological or chemical but people --- the discovery of our capacity to come together across borders and oceans and to stand together as one. And what I want to argue is that the joining of these two forces - the information revolution and the human urge to co-operate for justice - makes possible for the first time in history something we have only dreamt about: the creation of a truly global society. A global society where people anywhere and everywhere can discover their shared values, communicate with each other and do not need to meet or live next door to each other to join together with people in other countries in a single moral universe to bring about change.
There are some deeply questionable bits in there (e.g single moral universe - dear gracious is this Colonialism 2.0?!!) but there is a deeper yearning that I find quiet appealing. Anyway, take a read of Brown, then read Thatcher's sermon on the mound then finish off with the original sermon on the mount. Take Care Y'All john

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Reality Bites

The Tories are back, and this time they are picking on Young People. Read this story outlining their plan for getting young people off the dole. Certainly I would suggest watching the film, then read the full speech. As expected, once you scrutinise the policy it becomes same old, same old policies, just presented with a different face. Take Care Y'All John

Monday, May 26, 2008

Guinea Pigs Required : For Hot Methodist Updates!

Hello Technology is an exciting thing and can provide a good way to communicate information. Through the explosion of methods to share news it can be difficult to know where to look and what to do. I have been playing about with one or two things and have managed to formalise a variety of techologies to ensure you remain updated with the work of Methodist Council in a way that is accessable, interesting and of use! So, a few different things a) Twitter. For those who like Twitter Updates, this will be used for a more 'blow by blow' account of what is going on, mixed with trivia and general thinking. b) Blog posts. This will be used for greater exploration and c) Email updates. This will be a monthly digest on what is going on. It will provide links to posts that have been blogged, and alongside that key links to 'official' publications and updates. Between all three there will be some duplication but, ultimatly, a much smoother way to keep you all updated. To avoid a 'Terminal 5' style situation then I hope to do a trial run during Methodist Conference 2008. Therefore I need some willing volunteers! Simply pop your email into the box on the right and you'll be signed up for email updates*, add me on twitter and keep checking this blog! Take Care Y'All John *Email addresses will not be shared. They are safely stored and will only be used to send you the email you have signed upto!

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

What Plans?

Yesterday, cricket in the park Today, tidying/paperwork/church Tomorrow, to the seaside! Whatever plans you hatch, have a good bank holiday weekend. Take Care Y'All John